Big History: From the Big Bang to Global Civilisation

FST20001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours





Aims and objectives

This subject introduces students to the multidisciplinary field of “Big History” situating our planetary information-based technological civilisation within the broadest context of which we are currently aware. We trace the modern evidence-based scientific account of cosmic history, beginning with the origin of the Universe, and examine, at an overview level, major events and processes that have led from the Big Bang to us: the formation of galaxies, stars and planets, the formation of the Earth, the origin and evolution of life on Earth, the emergence of humanity, and the various forms of human societies from prehistoric times through to today.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe and justify major scientific theories of change.
2. Analyse major historical phenomena using relevant examples from human history.
3. Use various themes to collaboratively construct a synoptic account of Big History.
4. Communicate effectively using an online collaborative platform for discussion and debate.